Traditional Australian Verse: The Essential Collection

Traditional Australian Verse: The Essential Collection

Traditional Australian Verse: The Essential Collection

Traditional Australian Verse: The Essential Collection

Synopsis

Banjo Patterson, Henry Lawson, CJ Dennis, and Adam Lindsay Gordon-once upon a time these were household names and Australians could recite their most famous verse. Here for the first time in one volume are all the great bush ballads, memorable songs, and other poetry. If you always wondered what came after "There was movement at the station," or "We'll all be rooned, said Hanrahan, in accents most forlorn," then Traditional Australian Verse is the book for you.nbsp;It is anbsp;handsome treasury to entertain and delight the newcomer and the traditionalist alike.

Excerpt

Henry Carter

From distant climes, o’er wide-spread seas we come,
Though not with much éclat, or beat of drum;
True patriots all, for be it understood,
We left our country, for our country’s good:
No private views disgrac’d our generous zeal,
What urg’d our travels, was our country’s weal;
And none will doubt, but that our emigration
Has proved most useful to the British nation.

An anonymous broadside in the possession of the National
Library claims that at the opening of the Sydney Play-house,
16 January 1796, a special prologue was written and recited by
the convicted Irish pickpocket, George Barrington. However,
the eminent scholars Philip Butterss and Elizabeth Webby
assert that the lines were actually written by the English
playwright Henry Carter. Whatever, these are the first eight
lines of that prologue and they are rightly treasured.

climes = climate, region
weal = well-being

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